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of the president took in order to establish america was better than the soviet union. >> a b gamble indeed. it was less than two years before aboll low demonstrated how complex how the smallest over site could be fatal. no one knew that better than the point man in the apollo one investigation. nasa asked him to stay on the latest mission. >> i was called back, will you volunteer to take apollo 8 to the moon? yes, we would be happy to. we found out we would be going to the moon august of 1968. >> sort of last minute several months before we were scheduled to launch. we were being asked to do so ours is not the reason why but to do or die. >> do or die not support the astronauts. that was 1968 ended with a space disaster. it could end america's lunar quest for good. >> it occurred to me that if it wasn't successful it would be america's ilure. >> on december 21st, apollo 8 laufrped from kennedy space center. just over 2 and a half weeks later they were the first humans to leave earth's orbit using a state of the art computer which had one 13th the memory of a modern calculator. they fired t
took at the direction of the president to establish that america was better than the soviet union. >>neil: a big gamble. after all, it was less than two years before that apollo one demonstrated how complex the missions were and the smallest oversite wrote be faith the no one knew that better than frank go rman point man. nasa tapped him. >> i was called back, will you volunteer to take apollo eight to the moon and i said we would be happy. we found out we would be going to the moon in august of 1968. >> it was the last minute, several months, really, before we were scheduled to lunch and we were asked to do that, ours was not to reason why but to "do or die". >> this was 1968, if it ended with a space disaster it could end america's quest for good. >> if it want successful, it could be america's failure. >> december 21, it launched from kennedy space center in florida. >> we have lit off. >> over 2 1/2 hours later the crew was given permission to become the first humans to leave earth orbit. using a state-of-the-art computer which had 1/13 memory of a modern calculator. the craft
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